Riff-Raff, Rebels & Rock Gods chronicles the rise of the most exciting generation of British music and musicians the world has ever seen - before or since. In rapid succession came Ska, New Mod, anarcho-punk, Oi, and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. A firestorm of incendiary music, created and performed by geniuses and madmen. What a time to be a music journalist! At the heart of this rock tsunami was SOUNDS magazine. And at the heart of SOUNDS was your narrator, Garry Bushell. Like his idols, Garry lived every day as if it was his last. Which it nearly was. Fed heroin in India by Hanoi Rocks. Going to chokey with the Angelic Upstarts. Getting his eyebrows shaved off by Ozzy Osbourne. All in a day's work for Garry. These were truly days of glory. The Specials. The Selecter. 2-Tone visionary Jerry Dammers. Garry was right there at ground zero. The Exploited. Twisted Sister. Rose Tattoo. Iron Maiden. A unique explosion of raw and exciting bands, giant characters and radical ideas. You'll meet them all. Riff-Raff, Rebels & Rock Gods is a brilliant new memoir from a leading rock journalist about the golden years of rock music: a unique moment when Rock Gods really did bestride the earth. Or thought they did.
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- Claire Whetter
Honest , Funny, Cutting edge. I always used to get Sounds, every week from about 1978 until it finished. Mr Bushell was always funny in his reviews and interviews with the stars and not so well known of the day.
Remembering the way he would write the brtal truth about his exploits with the musos, Legendary drinkers Pete Way , Ozzy et al come across as comedians on stage and after seeing them a few times its true, they are a bunch of nutters. Pete is a really nice guy, i've met him a couple of times, offered him a free drink once and he refused !!! he was busy though. The Iron Maiden section is great and even the bits about Ska bands are goood to listen to although the musics not my pint of bitter. The relentless piss taking of the hapless Ross Halfin (Gross Halfwitt) is a joy to behold
Even more humour the way he reads it, I could invisage meself in a pub with Gal telling me these stories over several pints of Courage Directors and some cheese n onion crisps.
Laughed all the way through it, at some moments i had to pull the wagon into the side of the road and laugh.
If you liked Sounds in the 70's /80's, get this , its just what it used to be about, even down to the NME knocking, i did buy that thing once when they had AC/DC on the cover in the 90's. only time ever. Sounds was a big influence on my musical tastes and Geoff Barton and Gary were probably the biggest 2 writers that did influence me. BUY THIS QUALITY ITEM.
- Mr P A ELLIS